Sunday, September 28, 2008

UK MPhil/PhD Position Lancashire Business School

UK MPhil/PhD in Skills Forecasting For The Nuclear Industry at Lancashire Business School

Reference No RS/08/10

A full-time MPhil/PhD funded studentship is available in the Lancashire Business School. The studentship is tenable up to 3 years (subject to satisfactory progress) with an expected commencement date of 1 January 2008. The studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU and Overseas rates plus a maintenance based grant of £12,940.

This project is jointly sponsored by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Sellafield Limited and the University of Central Lancashire. It aims to examine the forecasting and management of skill requirements in the nuclear industry, with initial focus on the decommissioning industry. The project`s objectives will be to generate a baseline of knowledge on the theory and practice of skills forecasting and management on very long projects; to document, compare and contrast current skills forecasting practice amongst current site licensing companies in the UK nuclear industry; to develop models of good practice for exploratory discussion and monitored application by each tier of the industry and to propose a model of good practice for adoption by the industry.

The project will involve extensive interaction with senior managers and strategists in the industry and will provide a unique experience for anyone interested in developing a career in the UK nuclear industry. It would suit a graduate with a numerate background and an understanding of organisations, who is enthusiastic to learn about business modelling techniques and the manpower and skill planning which is critical to major projects. This is an outstanding opportunity to join the strategic development team of a fast growing industry and secure a doctoral qualification.

Applicants are required to submit two samples of their written work taken from their previous higher education. (e.g. chapter from dissertation, or essay) along with their completed application form.

Applicants should have, or expect to receive, an upper second class or first class honours degree or an MSc in a related discipline.

Informal enquiries (project related) may be directed to Professor David Hamblin (+44 1772 894601, or email

Requests for an application pack (quoting the reference number RS/08/10) should be directed to the Graduate Research Office. Tel +44 (0)1772 895082 or e-mail researchdegrees@

Interviews will be held on 19th November 2008

Closing Date 17th October 2008